Pamphlet 5018 KC Daniel 5-1 xxxxxx
are studying the great book of Daniel,
which is the Apocalypse of the Old Testament
and a sister book to Apocalypse of the New Testament,
the book of Revelation.
The events that take place in Daniel concern "the latter days", the time of the end, especially that time when the entity known as the abomination of desolation (spoken of by Daniel the prophet), who is the king of Babylon of the last days, makes his appearance at the sound of the 6th Trump.
Thus we have in this book of Daniel a handbook and guide as to what God's elect, the sons and daughters of the churches of Smyrna [Rev. 2:9] and Philadelphia [Rev. 3:9], will be doing during that time.
Daniel has just given to the king of Babylon, who again is a type of the king of Babylon to come in the last days (i.e. antichrist), a detailed description of the image which he saw standing before him in his dream!
The image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, and his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Let's consider the elements used to compose this great and terrible image.
They begin on top, at the head,
with the most precious metal (gold)
and they decrease in value down to his feet.
They also begin with the heaviest
element (also gold)
and decrease in specific gravity all the way down to clay.
Specific gravity of Gold = 19.3
Specific gravity of Silver
r = 10.51
Specific gravity of Brass = 8.5
Specific gravity of Iron = 7.6
Specific gravity of Clay = 1.9
So this image is not only standing
on a very weak foundation with feet part of iron and part of clay,
but it is extremely top heavy.
That will certainly make for a great fall, won't it?
Now, we must understand and keep in mind, as it is written in verse 28 which we covered in our last study, that the vision of this image was for the latter days.
The reason this is so important
is because there will definitely be a succession of kingdoms down through
the ages until the final generation when "nation shall rise against (along
side) nation and kingdom along side kingdom in the One World System of
that rises from the sea (the sea of people) and grows ever stronger until one of its heads receives a deadly wound.
Then Satan and his angels
shall be cast out of heaven to this earth,
the deadly wound (Re. 13:3) to the political system will be healed,
and the false messiah will take over world domination, the dominion,
and spread his spiritual desolation for his shortened season (Mat. 24:22),
the five month season of the locust spoken of in Revelation chapter nine.
So before we continue in Daniel it would serve us well to establish a foundation from scripture concerning the appearance of Satan and his angels which occurs at the sound of the 6th Trump.
Let's begin with Rev. 12:7-9 and talk about the gulf war in heaven.
You are familiar with the gulf in heaven aren't you? It is where Satan and his angels are being kept at this time, where the son of perdition is being restrained by Michael (2 Thes. 2:6-11).
Oh, "but I thought Satan was already here", some will exclaim!
Well, think again. He would certainly like you to think he is here because then when he comes with his angelic host you will believe he is Jesus, because that is who he will claim to be.
No, Jesus Christ sent him back (behind Him) after the temptation in the wilderness.
Satan's evil spirit is here, just
as the Holy Spirit is here,
but he is not here defacto... not yet...
but will soon be (i.e. he was, and is not,
and shall soon ascend out of the bottomless pit,
Rev. 17:8)! Here is the account of the gulf war in heaven.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
As watchman we cannot help but consider that perhaps there is a type about to take place here on earth as the prince of our people stands up and casts out that evil dictator in the land of Babylon.
We'll talk more about this in the latter chapters of Daniel!
But for now let's see what takes
place in the heavenly realm
where we just read the history of the future that is soon to take place!
Who do you think won that war, Michael and his angels or the dragon and his angels?
We will find out in the next verse but first, "Do you know what the name Michael means?"
It means "Who is like Yah?" And the answer is "NO ONE"!
He is supreme and He has all power in both heaven and earth and His plan for the end of this age shall come to pass exactly as He has foretold us, exactly as it is written.
To that end, we will be reading and learning about "the hour" that is coming, that hour of temptation spoken of in Rev. 3:10 when the "tempter" is here defacto, that hour when the "ten kings" will be given power one hour to reign with the beast (Rev. 17:12).
That hour is soon coming upon the earth to "try them which dwell upon the earth"!
In fact, the majority of prophecy concerns the final generation which dwells upon the earth at that time!
That generation began on May 15, 1948.
Again, the point is that hour is coming... and perhaps sooner than some might think!
Jesus said, "the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding"Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He sat upon the Mount of Olives and gave His disciples the seven seals concerning the knowledge and the events that would transpire during the final generation of the fig tree, that the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding concerning the abomination of desolation, that abominable desolator (antichrist) who would come stand in the holy place claiming to be God.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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